Earthquake on Iran-Iraq borders kills hundreds
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 396 people and injuring thousands more.
Most of those who died were in Iran’s western Kermanshah province, where a search for survivors has started.
Nine more people died in Iraq, where residents fled from their homes into the streets in the capital, Baghdad.
“I was sitting with my kids having dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air,” a Baghdad resident, Majida Ameer, told Reuters news agency.
“I thought at first that it was a huge bomb. But then I heard everyone around me screaming: ‘Earthquake!'”
Many homes in the predominantly Kurdish mountainous area are made of mud bricks and are vulnerable in quakes as large as Sunday’s.